Any first- and second-year HKUST undergraduate students who are enrolled in a regular, full-time academic program.

To ensure that more students may be served by our program, former HeadStart Fellows will not be eligible for applying again. Thank you for your understanding.

Selection Criteria

Interested applicants should demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Desire to be challenged, inspired, and transformed by the program
  • Eagerness to venture outside one’s comfort zone – e.g. having the courage to interact with high-level industry leaders or try out a previously unfamiliar industry
  • Enthusiasm toward mingling with other fellows in the program to challenge one another and grow together
  • Readiness to stay committed to the program until the very end
  • Willingness to serve as “alumni fellows” for the program and reach out to future applicants or fellows
  • Minimum CGA requirement: C+ (2.30) or above
    (*Note: If you are a Year One student and has not yet received your CGA result as of the application submission date, please enter "2.30" for the field of CGA temporarily. Verification of CGA result will be proceeded afterward by the Program Admin Team with your home departments during the selection process.)
Commitment Requirements of Fellows

The program duration is from Feb to December 2017, while the summer internship could range from 6 to 8 weeks between June 1 and August 31, 2017.

Besides participating in a summer internship, fellows are required to demonstrate their commitment to the program by the following:

  • Attend at least 50% of the pre-internship training workshops between Feb and May before the summer internship starts.
  • Attend the following events -- Fellow Challenge Day, kick-off/closing ceremonies, gala dinner.
  • Attend at least 50% of the summer/fall engagement activities – e.g. luncheons with industry executives, networking socials with internship employers, happy hours with other fellows, etc.
  • Attend at least 50% of the on-going training and enrichment activities (see FAQ page Q9 for detail) until the end of the program.

Learn more on the FAQ page